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Medical Education Partnership Initiative Helping Africa Meet Health Care Needs

“During a World Health Assembly side meeting on May 20, I joined U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and leaders from across Africa to highlight the contributions the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is making in meeting the priorities of national ministries of health,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. Goosby discusses the health care worker shortage in Africa and the benefits of MEPI, writing, “MEPI, along with the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI), help effectively address that need and support a long-term solution to improve the quantity, quality, and relevance of doctors, nurses, and other health care personnel.” He continues, “The demonstrated success of the MEPI program is an essential ingredient to our shared goal of an AIDS-free generation, but we still have more to accomplish” (5/21).